In her letter to the conference that had been read out to the audience by Claire Henderson, one of the organizers, Asma reflects on a postive, active form of peace which doesn't only mean the absence of war. Some of the listeners were so touched that they painted the picture above spontaneously during the conference.
Embodying peace on a daily basis
" ... I believe in the Buddhism philosophy – if one form of life is unbalanced anywhere in the world, the whole system is askew. I had to change my views and take peace seriously through traumatic painful experiences – But I believe this doesn’t have to be the case.
I believe if we work hard in providing imperial evidence in the benefit of peace, then more people will demand it. However, as I had to first realise its importance within me, so does the world.
We have to find it within ourselves first, in our relationships and in our daily lives. Peace needs to be maintained on a daily basis, and remembered when faced with a challenge or when witnessing injustices.
We should embody peace and not in a perfect “unrealistic sense” but with all of our flaws and human limitations. ... "
read Asmas letter in full
Libyan peace activist and Luxembourg Peace Prize Winner 2016. Asma calls herself a researcher and is co-founder of Amazigh Women Movement, a think/do tank that is working on gender equality and research on the indigenous women of Libya and North Africa.
Find an interview with Asma on global youth rising | read Asmas letter to the "Soul of WoMan" Conference in full | looking forward to the International Day of Peace
Gabriele Castagnoli schreibt hier über die Pilgerschaft mit ihrem Mann Sesto G. Castagnoli.